On sleepless nights, I tell my boy stories about our cats. Stories are a great way to distract sick children and they work better than movies. Hoomins often project personalities on to their pets, and their habits on to ourselves.
In some stories, Chewbarky is a vampire – the great Count Chewbarkula! He was a courageous Crusader hero that fought against the infidel but sadly, lost his way. Now he wants to drain the life force from any can of jellymeat he can sink his fangs into.
Freddystein aka Freddy, had a second chance at life when he was reanimated by a discarded cheezburger…it was electric…! Now he hunts his way through the frozen voids looking for the perfect fries (see what I did there).
Mz. Peyonce glides through the night skies on her broomstick, hailing the dark forces in her true, diabolical Witchypoopoo form. Don’t leave your Type O Negative dvds lying around! She’ll sacrifice them!!
We still can’t decide which famous monster Fatty Catty should be… Elvis or Wolfman…? Only time will tell…
You can view colour vector versions of these fabulous monsters at the Aotearoa 666 Red Bubble store .
The Tiki Stardust exhibition opened at the Tairāwhiti Museum on Friday 15 October 2015.
The event was a lovely and lively gathering, my son Tawhairiri was the photographer.
He took photos of all of us in front of the art pieces.
A press clipping is also attached.
I am hosting a solo exhibition called Tiki Stardust, at the Tairawhiti Museum. Here’s a blurb:
Tiki Stardust is the beginning of an adventure. Tiki is a Māori girl. She loves drawing, books, cats and sitting up late to watch 12 O Clock Rock. This exhibition is a prequel, a heraldic vision of rock n roll glory, originally glimpsed through the television in the 1980’s.
Six illustrated panels tell the very beginning of Tiki and the invasion of the White Devil. S/he is a glitter clad, gender ambiguous rock god/dess that explodes into Tiki’s life. And changes everything.
These vector drawings are the product of an unfettered imagination and Adobe Illustrator. And a very good printer.
This exhibition is based on a very simple backstory of watching (far too much) late night television in the 80s. I used to watch a lot of rock gigs and um, I still do. I think the last one I watched was ‘It’s Alive’ The Ramones in 1977.
If you wanted to get serious for a minute (a very brief minute), then you could describe it as an exploration into bi-culturalism, colonialism and pop culture. All described in pop surrealist terms.
Wow, that was a lot of big words. Sorry about that, I’ll try not to do that again.
Tiki Stardust opens on Friday 9th October 2015 and closes Sunday 12 December 2015.
There are a limited number of catalogues for sale at the Museum.